New DFG research group investigates causes and consequences of genome instability


Scientists from Cologne and Münster investigate how DNA damage triggers the development of age-related diseases / Results could help to prevent age-related diseases

Radiation damage to paternal DNA is passed on to offspring

Densely packed DNA in female worms

Damage to the paternal genome of the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans cannot be repaired and is instead passed on to its offspring, while the female egg repairs or limits the damage / publication in 'Nature'.

ARDD 2022 Björn Schumacher: Genome Stability in Aging and Disease

The Aging and Drug Discovery Conference (ARDD) 2022 is pleased to present Bjorn Schumacher from the University of Cologne, with the talk Genome Stability in Aging and disease.

Schumacher Lab PhD Defenses 2022

PhD Defenses 2022

PhD defense marathon in the Schumacher lab accomplished. Congratulations to our four new PhDs: Dr. Robert Beyersdorf, Dr. Vaddavalli Pavana Lakshmi, Dr. Arturo Bujarrabal Dueso and Dr. Simon UszkoreitPhD Defenses 2022

David Meyer and Björn Schumacher developed BiT Age, a highly precise ‘clock’ for measuring biological age

BiT Clock

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Lorenzo presented his new work on the control of DNA end resection at the DGDR-Krupp 2022 Symposium "DNA Repair and Human Disease" and was awarded the DGDR poster prize. Congratulations.

Reproduction: Stress in the intestine influences chromosome inheritance


Scientists at the University of Cologne show in the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans that intestinal cells check the quality of oocytes and intervene when they detect defects / Publication in 'Nature Communications'



Our recent grant proposal to reconstitute and manipulate double strand break repair was approved for funding by the German Research Council (DFG) - we are recruiting!!


Our new review on nucleosome remodelling and DNA double strand break repair
is online. Very happy to be part of the Research Topic: "Protecting the Code: DNA Double-
Strand Break Repair Pathway Choice".

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